This tour is a great way to experience the charming buildings and street chaos of Hanoi, the relaxing waters of Halong Bay and the beautiful landscape of Hoa Lu – Tam Coc. Begin your journey with a city tour, then an overnight trip to Halong Bay. The following day, you travel to well-known Hoa Lu and the limestone formations of Tam Coc – which is often referred to as “Halong Bay on Land”.
Start city: Hanoi
End city: Hanoi
Duration: 6 days 5 nights
Departure: Daily, upon your request.
Destination: Hanoi, Halong Bay and Hoa Lu – Tam Coc.
You will be picked up at Noi Bai Airport upon your arrival and transferred to your hotel in the city centre. You are then free for the rest of the day and evening.
Overnight at your hotel
AM: At 8:00am., after breakfast at your hotel you will be driven to the following sites. Firstly, Tran Quoc Pagoda (means “Stabilizing the Nation”), the oldest pagoda constructed in the sixth century during the reign of Emperor Ly Nam De. This is followed by your visit to the Ho Chi Minh Complex, where his body lies in a glass case with dim lights in the mausoleum. Part of this complex is the simple open wooden house on stilts surrounded by gardens with towering trees and a small lake where Ho Chi Minh lived in contrast to the presidential palace built between 1900 and 1906 to house the French Governor-General of Indochina. Onto One pillar pagoda – a wooden pagoda on a single stone pillar designed to resemble a lotus blossom, which is a Buddhist symbol of purity, since a lotus blossoms in a muddy pond.
Following this is the Temple of Literature (Van Mieu), which was originally built as a Confucius Temple, and then became Vietnam’s first university dating back to 1070. The temple highlights the importance that Vietnamese society places on education.
PM: Enjoy your lunch at a traditional Vietnamese restaurant. Your walking journey starts from a historic temple of the ancient Thang Long Kingdom (Den Bach Ma). It will be a bit noisy and hectic, but the walking route will show you all best things the Old Quarter has to offer. You will explore a maze of hustle and bustle streets with a hotchpotch of architecture – traditional tube houses, religious buildings, artisans’ workshops, colonial houses and modern concrete edifices.
Finally, treat yourself to a coffee at a traditional house in 11 Hang Gai Street with a panoramic view of the famous Hoan Kiem Lake before returning to your hotel.
Overnight at your hotel
AM: Be picked up at your hotel from 8:00am.for a 3.5 hour bus ride through the country side of the Red River Delta to Ha Long City. Upon arrival, board the Halong Phoenix Cruiser. A fresh seafood lunch (vegetable menu available) will be served while the boat is setting sail.
PM: Prepare for a fun kayaking experience in this area while absorbing the stunning vista of the serene bay. Experience a short tender ride from the middle of the bay to Ti Top island where you can relax on the beach or walk up to the top of the island for the panoramic view of the anchorage area. Return to the Halong Phoenix Cruiser, as the sun sets over the bay and relax on the sundeck with your favorite drink. Dinner is served with delicious local seafood.
Overnight is on board.
AM: Rise early and witness a breathtaking sunrise from the sundeck. Enjoy your buffet breakfast before visiting one of the most beautiful cave in Halong – Amazing Cave. Return to the boat and learn about the recipe and techniques that go into creating the most popular dish of the Vietnamese. Lunch will be served while cruising back to the harbor.
PM: Your bus is waiting at the harbor port to take you back to Hanoi for overnight.
AM: At 8:00am you are picked up at your hotel for 2.5 hour drive south of Hanoi to Tam Coc. Stop here at a local village for a bicycle ride with your guide riding through villages, lush rice fields and rocky outcrops (rice harvesting time: May and Sep). Lunch at a local restaurant with a scenic view over the river.
PM: You will take a sampan ride along the river, which is used by farmers to access their paddy fields. Just relax and enjoy the sensation of being gently paddled by hand in a little boat, gliding on the river through lotus fields (in summer) into the centre of the area known as “Halong Bay on Land”. Lose yourself in this unique experience, along a stretch of blue-green river, and marvel at the dancing water reflections as you pass through the three caves of Tam Coc.
Return to the the boat dock and you are driven to Hoa Lu – Vietnam capital city (968 – 1009) for the King Dinh and Le Temples as well as ancient citadel traces. Finally, leave the area and drive back to Hanoi, arriving at your hotel around 18h30.
Overnight at your hotel in Hanoi.
Our car picks you up at your hotel and transfers you to the airport for your flight to your next destination. Your trip ends at the airport.